presence Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"presence" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈprez.əns/
B2 [S] the ​fact that someone or something is in a ​place: She was ​overawed by the presence of so many ​people. The presence ofpollen in the ​atmospherecauseshayfever in some ​people. He's usually ​quitepolite in my presence. The ​document was ​signed in the presence of two ​witnesses.C2 [C usually singular] a ​feeling that someone is still in a ​placealthough they are not there or are ​dead: His daughter's presence ​seemed to ​fill her ​emptybedroom.C2 [S] a ​group of ​police or ​soldiers who are ​watching or ​controlling a ​situation: The United Nations has ​maintained a presence in the ​region for some ​time. There was a ​strongpolice presence at the ​demonstration.C2 [U] approving a ​quality that makes ​peoplenotice or ​admire you, ​even when you are not ​speaking: stage presence He ​stood there in the ​corner of the ​room, a ​dark, brooding (= ​worrying) presence.
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(Definition of presence from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"presence" in American English

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presencenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈprez·əns/

presence noun [C/U] (PLACE)

Presence is also a person’s ​ability to make his or her ​characterknown to ​others: [U] He writes ​better, he ​reportsbetter, and his presence on ​camera is ​better. If a ​country or ​organization has a presence ​somewhere, some of ​itsmembers are there.
(Definition of presence from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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